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Warm, windy weather increasing fires

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - While Sunday's weather is giving us a welcome taste of what's waiting around the corner, it's not without headaches.

"Last few days, we've had a lot of incidents of brush fires and grass fires," said Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz

Fire officials across the state have been warning of dangerous conditions for days. At a farm off Yarnallton Pike here in Lexington, firefighters say a piece of equipment caught fire and extended to several nearby muck piles.

One of the challenges facing firefighters at that fire was water. They had to haul several loads in.

Each of these tanker trucks holds 1,000 gallons of water. Firefighters have been making trip after trip to this hydrant to refill and head back out into the field. They say this fire's under control. It's not threatening any buildings, but they'll be here for several more hours keeping an eye on it. They're hoping some cooler wet weather over the next couple of days will give them a break. Until then, they say people need to be careful.

"If the road surfaces are dry, the ground is dry enough to burn," Nantz said.

Firefighters urged caution when throwing out cigarettes and charcoal bricks.


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